Online vocational education institute Open Colleges has launched its TAFE-accredited SIT50313 Diploma of Hospitality. The course has been designed in conjunction with industry professionals and North Coast TAFE in response to calls from Australia’s hospitality sector seeking skilled workers.
A 2013 report from Michael Page showed the Australian hospitality sector is suffering from a lack of skilled and qualified talent, with the need for talent at the executive level highest in NSW and Victoria. With this in mind, Open Colleges’ Diploma of Hospitality has been designed for Australians already working in the hospitality industry who are seeking to step up to a management role.
The Diploma of Hospitality will not only teach the fundamentals of hospitality but also how to lead and manage people and provide quality customer service.
Kevin Lynch, general manager marketing & communications, said the new course was launched after conducting thorough research on the requirements and demands of the hospitality sector. “Before launching any course, we research and analyse each sector thoroughly to ensure that our courses will have the biggest and most relevant impact. The Diploma of Hospitality is a versatile course that combines practical information with relevant business and management knowledge placed in the context of a hospitality environment.
“Through extensive industry consultation and the Open Colleges work placement program, we have designed the Diploma of Hospitality to ensure that graduates have employable skills so employers don’t have to resort to the overseas market to fill positions,” Mr Lynch said.